Around 1 in 6 Australians suffer from back pain each year.

The repercussions of back pain don’t just resonate in our waking lives—it can impact our sleep, too. Pain can lead to a restless slumber, which means you will most likely end up in more discomfort.

There are a variety of factors that contribute to back pain, and many people don’t realise that their mattress could worsen the amount of pain they experience (or even be the cause of it).

Is your mattress causing you pain?

If you go to bed feeling normal but wake up with a sore back (that you can’t attribute to any other activities you’ve performed, like heavy lifting) then your mattress or sleeping position could be to blame. An old mattress may contribute to your discomfort if it is no longer providing your back with the appropriate support.

Some other symptoms of a poor mattress include waking up a lot throughout the night; tossing and turning; waking up with a stuffy nose; worsened allergies or asthma.

How your mattress can impact your sleep

Generally speaking, if a bed is too firm it may lack the conformance needed to adequately support your spine. On the other hand, if it is too soft, you may also end up in a position that causes pain.

Side sleepers often need a softer surface to relieve pressure from the pressure points. In regard to front and back sleepers, they often enjoy a firmer surface because their body weight is more dispersed. We understand that everyone is unique and your needs may differ, which is why we recommend trying our online Mattress Selector.

Best mattress for back pain

Firm mattresses were once recommended as the best option for those with back pain; however, studies are now refuting this claim. A mattress should support spinal alignment and allow the surrounding muscles to relax. There must also be targeted pressure relief using pressure mapping technology, preventing tossing and turning during the night in an effort to get comfortable.

Here at Sealy, we are proud to share our Posturepedic range of mattresses that prioritise orthopaedic support and optimal comfort. Our designs work with the body’s natural alignment and cater to the relief of pressure points.

Sealy gained insight into proper support and comfort systems by partnering with the Orthopaedic Advisory Board (OAB). The OAB is made up of qualified health professionals who specialise in research on sleep and posture. They advise Sealy on the best technologies and evidence-based research so that Sealy can create optimised mattress designs.

Which mattress will work for your body?

On that note, there is no one-size-fits-all bed that will suit everyone. To gauge which mattress is right for you, it is recommended that you spend at least 10–12 minutes trying one in person. Ideally, you ought to do so in the position you usually sleep in.

The right level of “comfort” (firm, medium or soft) will depend on your personal situation and how you sleep. Read more about the various comfort layers to see how they can help support your lower back.

The more stability you have and the fewer disturbances during sleep, the more likely you are to stay in a properly supported position throughout the night. Read more about our edge support and how it promotes optimal stability.

Adjustable beds can also be a good option, as the right position can help alleviate pressure from your lower back by distributing the weight more evenly and may assist with some sleep conditions. Read more about Sealy’s adjustable foundation mattress here.


Tips to help improve your sleep overall

Your mattress is a vital part of getting a good night’s sleep, but there are some additional ways to help you fall into a restful sleep.

Here are some tips:

  • Establish a regular bedtime and morning schedule to help set your circadian rhythm.
  • Exercise regularly, if your back pain allows for it.
  • Avoid stimulants including caffeine and nicotine.
  • Try not to put too much pressure on yourself to fall asleep, as this could lead to stress or anxiety.
  • Make sure your sleeping environment is suitable and free from distraction (avoid working, eating or using devices in bed).

For more, see our tips for better sleep.

If you suspect that your sleep problems are of a medical nature, you should see your GP or specialist on methods to manage it.

If you think your mattress might be to blame

If you feel your mattress might be causing your back pain, we can help you to discover the best mattress for your needs with our handy Mattress Selector tool. Once you have an idea of the best type of bed for you, we suggest that you visit your nearest Sealy stockist to try it in person.